Turn a box into toddler fun

My plan was to decorate this box and make it really cool like this one here.

But as much as I liked the idea of making a cool oven

Wy  had other plans.

Wy was all about the play!

In and Out went Wy


Open and Shut went the “doors”

Since the doors were what Wy loved most…

we cut a few doors and windows out.

And played a little peek-a-boo!

While Wy climbed in and out of the box, I began to decorate the outside…

And then Wy began to undecorate!

So the box remained just a box for Wy to play with.

“knock-knock” is any body home?

What value was this play experience?

  • Large Motor: Crawling

  • Fine Motor: Opening and shutting the doors

  • Communication Skills: “Peek-a-boo” and “Is anybody home?”

  • Vocabulary: In – Out, Open-Shut, knock-knock

  • Imagination: A box can be a house, an oven, a cave, or a place to hide.
By |2010-07-11T07:00:56+00:00July 11th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Teacher Tom July 11, 2010 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Did you know that the cardboard box was recently added to the toy hall of fame in Rochester, NY? I think it belongs at number 1!

    My great disappointment right now is that the last appliance retailer in town who would save boxes for people has stopped doing it. Ahh! I don’t know what we’re going to do for giant boxes: they’re essential to childhood!

    • Deborah J. Stewart July 11, 2010 at 11:52 am - Reply

      We have a local senior center that save boxes for recycling and people from all over the community drop off all there boxes at the center. We are allowed to stop by anytime and pick one up. At times, you can nab a large box too:)

  2. Donna-Lee July 11, 2010 at 11:09 am - Reply

    We recently moved into a new house and my 3 children have been having a great time with the empty boxes.

  3. Jen July 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Isn’t a box such a wonderful toy! My kids always loved empty boxes more than the toys of their shelves. Love the photos of the creative play. I recognized you on my blog today for having an awesome blog.

    Creative and Curious Kids!

  4. Michelle Willow July 21, 2010 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Yes, cardboard box is always fun 🙂 So simple thing that can bring so much fun and can be really great as creative outlet. Deborah, thank you for link to that Bulgarian blog. Found there some coolest stuff. 🙂

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